We are data geeks who want in on the action of addressing the challenges and highlighting the strengths of the Midwest entrepreneurial ecosystem. To do this, we gather data from investors, businesses, and community organizations, and we use our findings to develop programming designed to support the growth of entrepreneurial economies throughout the region.  Learn more about what we do!


Emily Heintz
Founder and Managing Director
Molly Theis
Community Engagement Manager
Maddy Evans
Jake Nickell
Contributing Editor

Our board members are experts in building diverse and inclusive organizations, making strategic connections, and have deep industry knowledge and advocacy experience.

EntryPoint Community Research Institute Board

EntryPoint is a designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Carrie Jones – Chairperson
Senior Advisor to the Mayor
City of Detroit


Jeff Rinvelt – Treasurer
Managing Director
Renaissance Venture Capital
Jennifer Owens
Chief Executive Officer
Lakeshore Advantage
Marlin Williams
Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion

Advisory Board

Shane Bliemaster
Marketing Supply Co.
Trey Boynton
Global Lead, Inclusion & Collaboration Strategy & Alignment
Patti Glaza
Managing Director
Invest Detroit
Jennifer Owens
Chief Executive Officer
Lakeshore Advantage
Amy Peterson
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Rebel Nell
Jeff Rinvelt
Managing Director
Renaissance Venture Capital
Ted Serbinski
Managing Director
Monica Wheat
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Venture Catalyst


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